13 killed in attacks in northeast Nigeria

AP , Saturday 7 Jan 2012

In a new wave of sectarian violence attacks, gunmen kill at least 13 people in the northeastern Nigerian province of Adamawa

A car burns at the scene of a bomb explosion at St. Theresa Catholic Church at Madalla, Suleja, just outside Nigeria's capital Abuja, December 25, 2011, an attack which raises fears that Islamist militant group Boko Haram - which claimed responsibility - is trying to ignite sectarian civil war. (Photo: AFP)

Police say violence in two states in northeast Nigeria has killed 13 people amid a wave of attacks by a radical Muslim sect.

Police said Saturday the attacks occurred in Adamawa and Yobe states on Friday night.

In Adamawa, officials say gunmen suspected to belong to a radical sect known as Boko Haram killed eight worshippers at a church. In Yobe, a gun battle between the sect and police killed at least two people.

The attacks come after 20 Christians died during a town hall meeting in rural Adamawa state.

Authorities blamed the attacks on Boko Haram, a radical sect that wants to implement strict Shariah law across Nigeria, a multiethnic nation of more than 160 million people.

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